The liver is an organ that is roughly the size of a football and is located just below the right side of the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen. The digestion of food and the elimination of harmful substances from the body are both processes that depend on the liver. Liver disease can be passed down from generation to generation (genetic), or it can be brought on by any number of things that are harmful to the liver, such as viruses and excessive alcohol consumption.
There is a link between obesity and liver disease as well. Cirrhosis, alcohol abuse, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are just some of the diseases that can affect the liver, along with other conditions such as certain drugs, excessive amounts of acetaminophen, and medications that combine acetaminophen and other substances such as Vicodin, Norco, and statins.